World Resources Institute Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
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    research assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    mission driven org, chances to work on different projects and interact with colleagues with diverse backgrounds
    good benefits including paid time off and healthcare coverage. etc. a place you can do something influential and make real impacts if you have the expertises and the will/ambition

    Cons

    WRI is still maturing and I would say the Hr doesn't funtion as it suppose to be. it's a bit messy within the org when it comes to responsiblity assignment, performance based valuation on lower level. more senior level management is fine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lack of professional training and doesn't have good mentorship system. the HR and the accounting department work independently and separately in fields/ occasions that collaborations are necessary.
    lack of real expertise capacity in junior level to back up policy and research work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Dynamic place

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    Current Employee - Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People from all walks of life, really interested at what they do.

    Cons

    Not organized, a little too judgmental. Not many opportunities for intern hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand career opportunities for interns or PCs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Dynamic company getting things done

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of great people, doing fantastic important work. Lots of growth, and I anticipate this will continue due to the increased attention the issues they are dealing with is receiving.

    Cons

    It's difficult to figure out what's going on in other departments and even sometimes in your own department if it's a large one.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Rewarding Internship Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Resources Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - lots of freedom to engage in interesting projects
    - great people and work environment
    - cutting edge topics
    - wonderful opportunities to network

    Cons

    - large organization leads to some level of disconnection among different layers of management/programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Resources Institute

    Pros

    nice working environment, good people

    Cons

    too many meetings and sometimes not too efficient

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place. Great people

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People, value of work, and work environment.

    Cons

    Difficult to land full-time position. Lack of funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a program where there is a possibility to become full-time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great first job and entry to the field, no career growth

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    WRI is at the cutting edge of environment and economic development. If your passion is in these issues, it is one of the best places to work for since WRI has so much network in this field. Very smart and passionate people, great work environment and great work-life balance. Despite the cons below, exit opportunities are great.

    Cons

    Despite the pros, the biggest con is the lack of career growth in the organization. The organization is growing rapidly with the new CEO Andrew Steer, however, WRI strongly prefers to hire new people for new positions instead of promoting existing staff. Existing staff gets pigeon-holed to their existing roles and responsibilities. There are very little to no room for growth, esp for junior staff. The institute is a great place to get your foot in the door and start working in this field and gather contacts and experience, but to advance forward in your career you must leave and go elsewhere.

    This is not to say that WRI is not a great place to work, it is absolutely wonderful but all future staff must realize this risk when coming in. Turnover is extremely high and average tenure is around 2 years. Currently there are no efforts to fix or even acknowledge this problem from senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either better utilize the great talent the institute already has, or be transparent in the beginning that career growth is not an option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good environment and working towards important things, but a bit all over the place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Resources Institute as an intern

    Pros

    Great people, good working environment.

    I like how WRI approaches much of its work, particularly its emphasis on outcomes, increasing its impact, and global partnerships.

    Very smart and qualified people.

    Cons

    People's experience varies depending on program.

    Lack of communication between program and throughout the chain of command.

    Recommends
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    Great place, amazing people!

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    Former Employee - EMBARQ  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - EMBARQ in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Resources Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is the place to go if money is not an issue. You will be working with some pretty amazing (and super smart colleagues).
    Opportunity to be creative and work independently.
    Lots of brown bags - great place to learn

    Cons

    Salary. Health insurance could be a little better
    Not very organized.
    Some overqualified staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a stronger governance framerwork. Most people don't know who they report to and who should make the final decision. Also, improve operations. You have the capacity to do bigger, greater things but people are isolated in each program duplicating efforts and often wasting time with forms, broken computers and expense reports.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Very prestigious, great work culture and colleagues, not very good overall administration and compensation

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Research Analyst

    I have been working at World Resources Institute full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic reputation for quality, independent research. Ranked the #1 environmental think tank.
    - Extremely intelligent program staff, well respected, and supportive of junior staff
    - Good work culture, flexibility
    - Great tuition benefits, supportive of further education
    - Very international (~15% staff are international). The only think tank I know of that sponsors work visas for all levels of employees, ensuring that they do hire the best possible person for the job, and are genuinely a global organization.

    Cons

    - Salaries are not competitive
    - Far too many administrative staff (fundraising, communications, etc.) who don't provide much value to the program staff, and result in a very high overhead.
    - Tendency to hire overqualified (masters level) candidates for entry level positions, which can lead to frustration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on building great programs and better salaries for program staff, and reduce overheads. Note that this is based on previous senior management

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